Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta expressed their positivity after a productive day of running ahead of the Indian Grand Prix.
Sutil was 12th fastest in second practice, with di Resta down in 15th.
“It has been quite a positive day with a more consistent car than in the previous few races,” said Sutil.
“We made small adjustments, rather than big ones, and I think that was a sensible approach because the balance of the car felt quite good. There’s still some room to improve, but I think we have some reasonable pace for tomorrow.”
“We still need to tweak the car a little bit more tonight, but hopefully the work we’ve done today will allow us to be close to Q3 tomorrow. The main thing is that I’m feeling comfortable in the car.”
Di Resta sat out the morning session and was replaced by reserve driver James Calado.
The Scot was nonetheless encouraged by the team’s progress.
“I think it was a reasonable day,” he said.
“Although I missed FP1, I slowly but surely got the car to a position where I was feeling comfortable. We now need to make some decisions tonight to ensure we take the best way forward with the race in mind. In terms of our performance level, the car seems to be slightly more competitive than we were in Suzuka, which is encouraging.”